Peer-reviewed and truth are not synonyms

Russ Roberts interviews Brian Nosek in this Econtalk podcast: Nosek on Truth, Science, and Academic Incentives. I learned quite a bit about flaws in the academic incentive structure, and how challenging it is to make structural changes in the publishing pipeline that will impact on the quality of papers (and the research).

Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how incentives in academic life create a tension between truth-seeking and professional advancement. Nosek argues that these incentives create a subconscious bias toward making research decisions in favor of novel results that may not be true, particularly in empirical and experimental work in the social sciences. In the second half of the conversation, Nosek details some practical innovations occurring in the field of psychology, to replicate established results and to publicize unpublished results that are not sufficiently exciting to merit publication but that nevertheless advance understanding and knowledge. These include the Open Science Framework and PsychFileDrawer.